Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Two Stocks in Action: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (SFM), Target Corp. (TGT)

Two Stocks in Action: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (SFM), Target Corp. (TGT)

Investors are on alert as Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. The volatility rate is 7.08% percent and 3.88% percent each. (NASDAQ:SFM) now has a High Price Target of $30. The current share price indicate that stock is -26.60% away from its one year high and is moving 26.70% ahead of its 52-week low. The stock's 50 day moving average price is $18.74 and its 200-day moving average price is $20.18.

With the recent move, the stock now boasts a market cap of 3005.07and a beta of 0.54. (NASDAQ:SFM) is under coverage by number of analysts. This is according to the analysts polled by Thomson Reuters which have recently published research reports on the firm. Sprouts Farmers Market had a return on equity of 17.00% and a net margin of 3.40%. The company reported the earnings of $0.12/Share in the last quarter where the estimated EPS by analysts was $0.13/share. These analysts have also projected a Low Estimate of $0.24/share and a High Estimate of $0.32/share. The firm's quarterly revenue was up 6.0% compared to the same quarter past year.

Considering the performance, Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.

In other news, Director James Douglas Sanders sold 45,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 5th. Company price to earnings (P/E) ratio, which measures the relationship between the earnings of a company and its stock price, is calculated as 20.59. According to them, the median (average) EPS the company could deliver is 0.3/share. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

Shares outstanding are recorded as 4759.24B and total shares floated are 4658.53B. The Insider Ownership of the company now is 0.5 percent, and Institutional Ownership is 95.9 percent.

In case of Revenue Estimates, 16 analysts have provided their consensus Average Revenue Estimates for Sprouts Farmers Market, 1.11 Billion.

A deal between Albertsons and Sprouts would be the latest in an industry where grocery chains are facing tight martins and struggling to fend off growing competition from retailers such as Dollar General, Trader Joe's, Amazon and Wal-Mart.

The company's growth for the past 5 years has been at 12.3 percent. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. now owns 8,255 shares of the company's stock worth $170,000 after buying an additional 3,585 shares in the last quarter.

A merger between Sprouts Farmers Market Inc and Albertson's would likely help the former. The stock is now has its Return on Assets (ROA) value of 7.1 Percent. There was a stock increase by 5.46 percent. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 9,037 shares of the company's stock worth $187,000 after buying an additional 449 shares in the last quarter.

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